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Major League Baseball’s quest for secret grand jury testimony by New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez moved to a Buffalo courtroom this week.Lawyers for Major League Baseball, Rodriguez and the federal government met behind closed doors Tuesday for more than an hour as part of baseball’s efforts to unseal the transcript of Rodriguez’s grand jury appearance here in 2010.U…

LOCKPORT – The City of Lockport Police Department has found itself under fire for enforcing an unpopular part of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which limits how many rounds of ammunition may be carried in a standard magazine.A Town of Lockport man who was a passenger during a traffic stop was charged when he turned over a loaded semiautomatic …

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Deputy Stephen Romanik was on regular patrol in a rural Chautauqua County area early Sunday morning when he got the call – of a vehicle in a ditch, with a person trapped inside.Fifteen to 20 seconds later, the emergency became more dire, when Romanik learned that the vehicle was on fire.He raced to the scene, and along with an off-duty EMT returning home from work, managed…

Lawrence Charles claims his introduction to wrongdoing was rooted in the “culture of corruption” that existed in Buffalo’s parking enforcement department.Yes, he alone made the decision to steal $15,000 in quarters from city parking meters, but he also felt emboldened by the perception that others were doing it. On Tuesday, Charles paid the price – six months in federal pr…

LITTLE VALLEY – A 30-year-old Holland, N.Y., woman was remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail following her arrest by State Police for allegedly passing a series of bad checks worth more than $8,000 in the towns of Holland and Yorkshire recently, troopers reported Tuesday.Teal M. Randall was remanded following her arraignment in Yorkshire Town C…

KILL BUCK – A 43-year-old woman and her 49-year-old house mate were arrested during a raid at their South Authority Road home by Cattaraugus County sheriff’s deputies and State Police assigned to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. Maria Jimerson and Terrence A. Smith were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with inte…

WILSON – No injuries were reported after a Canadian Royale Air Force search and rescue helicopter made an emergency landing in a farmer’s field in the 3100 block of Lake Road around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.The helicopter had been performing a search and rescue operation along with the U.S. Coast Guard after a report of a ship in distress on Lake Ontario, when a bird flew into the…

Attorney Michael J. Stachowski says his client lived in a fantasy world made up of chat rooms, instant messaging and child pornography.He also insists that Joseph A. Koehn never intended to solicit a 4-year-old girl and videotape the two of them having sex.The judge in Koehn’s case didn’t accept that and on Tuesday sentenced the Buffalo man to 20 years in prison.“I don’t b…

Two men who admitted robbing a woman last March in the Boulevard Mall parking lot face lengthy prison terms.Fardat Vahdat, 23, of Allenhurst Street, Amherst, who entered the United States illegally from Iran, and Dominic Natarseh, 26, of Bristol Street, Buffalo, a naturalized citizen from Iran, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, according to District Attorney Frank A…

A Buffalo man was sentenced today to 24 years in prison for fatally shooting a man last year on the city’s East Side.Laquann Morgan, 22, of Comstock Avenue, was accused of shooting two men Jan. 8, 2012, in a parked car at Dodge Street and Wohlers Avenue. Adrian L. Huggins Jr., 25, was shot multiple times in the head and body and died 11 days later at Erie County Medical Ce…

The Alden man made more than 1,000 anonymous sexually harassing phone calls to several women for three weeks in 2011.Then on Dec. 15, 2011, he broke into an Alden woman’s home and raped and sodomized her.Samuel Muscarella was sent away for at least 20 years Tuesday for his crimes.“What you did to her was frankly every woman’s worst nightmare,” Erie County Judge Kenneth F. …

Two people were arrested early today in Buffalo and charged with a smash-and-grab burglary at a North Collins convenience store, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.Deputies responded at about 12:15 a.m. to an alarm at the store, at an undisclosed location. They found the front glass door had been damaged, and merchandise scattered about inside.Witnesses gave deputies …

A 31-year-old Buffalo woman was arrested by narcotics detectives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office who stopped her car on Big Tree Road in the Town of Wales about 2:50 p.m. Monday and allegedly found 50 grams of heroin in her vehicle.Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, head of the unit, said Tammy Capozzi, of Coit Street, is being held on charges of criminal possession of …

A 43-year-old Amherst man was charged with drunken driving and causing a two-car crash Friday afternoon on Transit Road near Main Street in Clarence, State Police reported Monday.David E. Cassidy, of Boca Place, was arrested at about 2:15 p.m. after he reportedly stopped his car abruptly because he was confused about which way to turn off the road, causing a car to crash i…

NEWFANE – An argument over a fishing spot near the Burt Dam left one man with a cut over his eye and another under arrest early Sunday.Sheriff’s deputies said they charged Mark D. Probst, 24, of Ridgewood Drive, Snyder, with harassment in connection with the 7:50 a.m. incident. A 52-year-old Ohio man suffered a facial injury when he was punched in the face by Probst, polic…